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Attorney in Arbery Trial: Sorry for 'Black Pastors' Remark

Defense lawyer Kevin Gough apologizes to those who were 'inadvertently' offended

(Newser) - Update: The defense attorney in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial who told the judge he didn't want to see any more "Black pastors" in the courtroom is now offering a mea culpa. "My apologies to anyone who might have inadvertently been offended," Kevin Gough said, per...

Voting Rights Rallies Draw Thousands

Speakers put pressure on Biden as well as Congress for protections

(Newser) - Thousands of people rallied across the US on Saturday to call for sweeping federal laws to wipe out election legislation advancing in some Republican-controlled states that could make it harder to cast a ballot. Many activists view the fight over voting rules as the civil rights issue of the era....

Families of Others Killed by Police Mourn Wright

Relatives of George Floyd join political and civil rights leaders at funeral

(Newser) - Minnesota politicians, national civil rights leaders, and heartbroken family members mourned Daunte Wright at his funeral Thursday, supported by relatives of other people who have died in police violence. Ben Crump, a lawyer for Wright's family, led a call and response with the mourners, who echoed, "Daunte Wright'...

Images From Friday's March on Washington

Gathering in DC commemorates MLK speech

(Newser) - Capping a week of protests and outrage over the police shooting of a Black man in Wisconsin, civil rights advocates gathered in DC Friday at a commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Thousands gathered near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the AP reports, where...

George Floyd's Family Urges Calm in Minneapolis

Seeing Minneapolis burning 'would devastate' him, girlfriend says

(Newser) - As civil rights leaders arrived in Minneapolis, relatives of a man killed in a confrontation with police this week urged an end to the violence and looting in the city George Floyd loved. A statement issued by the family's lawyer thanked demonstrators for "standing for justice," but...

Not Klobuchar, Minority Activists Tell Biden

The senator, under consideration for VP, has little support from minority leaders or voters

(Newser) - Sen. Amy Klobuchar has many qualities Joe Biden is looking for in a running mate. She's experienced and aligned with the former vice president on the issues. They get along and didn't have any ugly clashes during the primaries and debates. But she won't help him beat...

Cop Fired Over Eric Garner Death Wants Job Back

Daniel Pantaleo is suing the NYPD

(Newser) - The police officer accused of putting Eric Garner in the chokehold that killed him is suing the NYPD to get his job back. Daniel Pantaleo had been on desk duty for the five years since the 2014 death before being fired on Aug. 19 . NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill sided...

Al Sharpton Responds to Slams From Trump

'He's like a child,' Sharpton says of the president

(Newser) - Al Sharpton and President Trump are now engaging in a war of words. In the morning, Trump called Sharpton a "con man" who "hates whites" after it emerged that Sharpton was on his way to Baltimore to respond to the president's weekend criticism of the city and...

Stephon Clark's Family Responds Right Away

Relatives of man shot by police will pursue a 'fight for justice'

(Newser) - Angry relatives of a black man fatally shot by police as he held a cellphone have promised to continue their "fight for justice" after prosecutors in California declined to bring charges against the officers, the AP reports. "This is just the beginning. The fight for justice has just...

7 Celebs Who Say They'll Move Away if Trump Wins

Hasta la vista, Whoopi Goldberg

(Newser) - Fox & Friends rounded up all the celebrities who've said they plan to move out of the US if Donald Trump becomes president, Fox News Insider reports:
  1. Whoopi Goldberg: "I don't think that's America. I don't want it to be America. Maybe it's time
...

Al Sharpton's Daughter Sues NYC for $5M

Dominique Sharpton says she suffered severe injuries in fall

(Newser) - Al Sharpton's daughter is suing New York City for $5 million after apparently taking a spill and suffering severe injuries—a story the New York Post is reporting with some glee. "Shakedown artist Al Sharpton's eldest child wants $5 million from city taxpayers," the paper says,...

Al Sharpton: I'm Getting Threatening Phone Calls

Civil rights leader says callers blame him for NYPD deaths

(Newser) - Al Sharpton says he's receiving threatening phone calls over the murders of two NYPD officers , but maintains that he opposes violence and never claimed that all police are bad, Staten Island Live reports. "The language [of the calls] is 'Hey N word, stop killing innocent people, I'...

Mourners Hail 'Gentle' Brown as Sharpton Urges 'Change'

Big names come out as Michael Brown laid to rest

(Newser) - More than 2,500 mourners crowded Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis this morning to lay Michael Brown to rest, reports the AP , with another 2,000 in overflow seating and national television carrying the 18-year-old's funeral. Brown's casket was closed, with a St. Louis Cardinals...

After Shooting, Hands Up Becomes Protest Gesture

Governor pleads for calm in Ferguson, Mo.

(Newser) - Protesters infuriated by the shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., have adopted a new protest gesture: the "hands up" gesture witnesses say 18-year-old Michael Brown was making when he was shot dead in the street. Protesters have been using the gesture to confront police, putting their...

Man Who Filmed Deadly NYPD Chokehold Arrested

Sharpton says Orta bust creates conflict of interest

(Newser) - Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the NYPD chokehold that killed an unarmed man, was arrested Saturday night for allegedly trying to pass off a stolen gun—and was denounced by the head of the police union. "It is criminals like Mr. Orta who carry illegal firearms who stand...

Wrongly Convicted Central Park 5 to Get $40M

NYC settlement adds up to $1 million per year in jail

(Newser) - Five New York City men wrongly convicted in their teens for the rape and beating of a jogger in Central Park are to receive around $1 million per year of imprisonment. The black and Hispanic "Central Park Five"—who were aged 14 to 16 when they were caught...

Al Sharpton Spied on Mob for FBI: Docs

Sharpton calls report 'crazy'

(Newser) - Al Sharpton is vigorously denying a report that he was once an FBI informant spying on the Genovese and Gambino crime families. The Smoking Gun yesterday published a major investigative piece based on hundreds of pages of FBI documents obtained via Freedom of Information Act requests that reveal that Sharpton,...

Shopping 'Bill of Rights' Targets Racial Profiling

Rev. Al Sharpton unveils plan in New York City

(Newser) - A bill of rights for black shoppers? New York retailers agree it's worth trying. Pressured by Al Sharpton and civil rights activists, and facing a slow start to the holiday shopping season, big clothing stores in New York City have approved a "Customers' Bill of Rights," the...

Kerry Washington Ribs Ultra-White SNL

Show pokes itself over lack of black female on cast

(Newser) - Kerry Washington guest-hosted SNL last night, and helped the show razz itself over its decided lack of black female cast members (SNL does have two black male cast members, Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson): In a Cold Open set at the White House, Washington played Michelle Obama. Then Oprah. Then...

Sharpton: Court Just Killed MLK's Dream

Voting Rights Act decision provokes outcry on left

(Newser) - "They just canceled the dream." That was Al Sharpton's reaction to the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision , which has provoked a full-on outcry from the left, from President Obama on down. Sharpton was perhaps the most vociferous. "Part of, at least half, of what...

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